"Not eating chard. That's what all those weirdos eat at their stupid picnics on the Hungry Ghost lawn." -Nina

September 15, 2007

Sunday Reading Material

--Why parks are important
--Vt. Yankee reports on collapse in tower
--Pulaski Park has a Myspace page!
--Conscious Urbanism: Guerrilla Gardening
--Conscious Urbanism: A Neighbor's Manifesto - Part IV (includes links to parts I, II, and III.
--Pedestrian use fuels neighborhood boom in downtown Manhattan
--To build great cities, we need more citizen input (registration required)
--D.C. to Establish Bike Parking Requirements

--Learning the lessons of Lowell "People are beginning to worry and talk about the two Lowells - the one of the interesting cultural revival and the one of these immigrant neighborhoods that are not necessarily connected to renaissance Lowell," said Forrant. "You've got this juxtaposition that not everybody involved in the revival wants to talk about." [via Planetzien Radar]

--"...yet another Northern European town is ditching its traffic control devices altogether. Spiegel reports that as of September 12, the German town of Bohmte, will be all "shared space." Rather than being governed by impersonal traffic signals, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will have to make eye contact to ensure that they don't crash into each other. [via Streetsblog]

--"The children of the suburbs have rejected the suburbs, they find the suburbs repellent and instead want walkable communities that have nice restaurants and soccer fields that are close by." [via Planning Livable Communities]

--Kirkland, Washington: Kirkland’s "public thoroughfares accommodate all members of the public—not just those who drive," according to the AARP Bulletin. They do so with "wide sidewalks, flowered medians and flashing lights embedded in crosswalks at busy intersections. Bike lanes and bus stops line even some of the town’s busiest streets. At many corners, pedestrians can pick up a red flag to catch drivers’ attention, cross and return the flag to a holder." [AARP] (with video)

--Paris: Nice To People, Not Nice To Cars "What Paris has done right is to make it awful to get around by car and awfully easy to get around by public transportation or by bike."
--"U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said that instead of raising taxes on gasoline to renew the nation's sagging infrastructure, Congress should examine its spending priorities -- including investments in bike paths and trails, which, Peters said, "are not transportation."
--Downtown Framingham pedestrian improvements in the works
--Copenhagen: The city with the "happiest people in the world"
--Cities making efforts to promote people over cars
--Discover Charm City -- by Bicycle or on Foot
--The rebirth of Union Square Park
--Tenants: Are you being blacklisted?
--Kansas City To Limit Billboards

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